Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo’s quest to see Africa move beyond aid was once again on full display, after his latest speech in the presence of French president Macron sent a strong message to the western world.
The Africa rising narrative is hinged on Africa being economically integrated. The AfroChampions Initiative is set to mobilise African multinationals to accelerate the economic integration of the continent. The president of the AfroChampions Club is Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote and former leader of South Africa Thabo Mbeki is the president of the AfricaChampions Initiative, setup to mobilise African multinationals to drive economic integration.
The Pan-African passport launched in July last year was created to facilitate the ease of movement between African countries. Unfortunately, the passport availed to Heads of States and diplomats has not been made accessible to the citizens who need it the most. For the majority of Africans, the African passport remains a pipe dream, still a preserve for a few.
South Africa is turmoil, and the safety and security of African migrants remains precarious following violent anti-immigrants attacks. The xenophobic (Afrophobic) attacks are not new, and the resurgence of attacks on fellow African nationals reveals a problematic phenomenon, an unreasonable and unjustifiable fear and hatred of African immigrants. The attacks on African nationals is incongruent with the spirit of Ubuntu, is at odds at odds with the values embraced by the Constitution, and flies in the face the Pan-Africanism values espoused by the country’s founding heroes and heroines.
We need to get beyond past talk of Africa’s great potential to action. Dr Richard Munang and Mr Robert Mgendi suggest sustainable ecosystem-based adaptation-driven agriculture as a measure that is practical and has already succeeded in parts of Africa.
Today marks the 56th anniversary of the death of one of Africa’s foremost liberation heroes and anti-colonial leader Patrice Émery Lumumba, murdered in a coup in 1961. As we remember the death of a remarkable African nationalist, we look at some important moments in Lumumba’s life captured on camera.
African leaders are the biggest abusers of the concept of pan-Africanism. For them it is a mere rhetorical device that has nothing at all do with practice. Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire traces Yoweri Museveni’s history of collaborating with the West and how he nevertheless still manages to style himself as a pan-Africanist anti-imperialist.
After every seismic shift in the global world order, the eternal question of what does this mean for Africa is always asked. Levi Kabwato thinks that a Donald Trump presidency is a golden moment for Africa to chart its own development path, unmolested by the Americans.